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FCPS impacts human trafficking through education, enforcement

Released on Friday, September 25, 2020
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Fort Collins Police Services has launched a new online resource to provide information about human trafficking:

"We see a lot of misinformation that spreads online about human trafficking," said Sgt. Justin Gallimore, who leads the FCPS Neighborhood Engagement Team (NET). "We wanted to create a place for people to get accurate and local information about this issue."

FCPS organizes demand reduction operations throughout the year. Earlier this week, officers cited six men for Soliciting a Prostitute and Pandering. During this operation, a Fort Collins man was also arrested after arranging to sell illegal narcotics to an officer who he thought was an escort.

Prostitution is often connected with human trafficking, illegal drug usage and sales, and violent crimes. Police hope to reduce these issues by making Fort Collins a difficult market for soliciting or selling sexual services.

"Our goal is to make Fort Collins an unwelcome place for prostitution," said Sgt. Gallimore. "As we conduct ongoing enforcement, word spreads that our community is not a good area for engaging in this kind of illegal activity."

NET also hosts Innkeeper Training to help hotel and motel employees recognize signs of criminal activity. This program gives staff the tools to prevent, identify, and report suspected crimes to a designated NET officer for follow up. These partnerships empower managers to support a safe environment and protect their business interests.

Hospitality businesses that want to host free Innkeeper Training for staff can contact the Neighborhood Engagement Team at bmV0QGZjZ292LmNvbQ==.